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Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
5:11 pm
Блед - воздух, горы и карповый рай для тех кто в теме.
Оригинал взят у skaznov в Блед - воздух, горы и карповый рай для тех кто в теме.

Озеро Блед расположено в 32 км от аэропорта Любляны, у подножия Юлианских Альп, на высоте 501 м над уровнем моря. Оно подпитывается тёплыми источниками, которые заодно поставляют воду для закрытых бассейнов в отелях. Летом озеро прогревается до +18..+24°C, а зимой замерзает лишь в сильные морозы. Курорт — идеальное место для комфортного семейного отдыха. Здесь роскошная природа в сочетании с интересными памятниками архитектуры и термальными источниками. Купальный сезон начинается в июле и продолжается до начала сентября. Еще до поездки Бледское озеро стало одним их ключевых пунктов в моем маршруте по Словении и мои надежды оправдались полностью, даже несмотря на пасмурную и дождливую погоду.

а теперь прогуляемся вокруг озера пешком...Collapse )

Friday, January 6th, 2012
8:23 pm
иногда они оживают...
Nikon D7000, Nikon af-s 50/1.4, 1/160 сек, f/1.4, ISO 250.
Thursday, January 4th, 2007
3:19 pm
Last month I posted asking what everyone thought of the digital Canon Rebel XT. I did get it for Christmas, yay me, but WOW does the lens suck. It's okay, but I'm not getting the results I would like from it. Now I won't lie, I'm not out using it as much as I should be.

Anyway, I was told that I should upgrade to another lens when I could. Except that I forgot what you all suggested. I would like to have a really good multi-purpose lens because I cannot really afford to buy multiple lenses right now, so I don't want a specialty lens - like a macro (although that will be my second investment).

Any suggestions?
Thursday, November 9th, 2006
1:14 pm
Digital Cameras
I'm looking at buying my first digital SLR. Right now it's a toss up between the Nikon D50, the Olympus Evolt e-500, and one of two Canon - the 8 megapixel and the 10 megapixel.

Anybody using any of these cameras? PCMagazine says the Nikon D50 is their number one choice for beginner DSLR users. I have an SLR right now, but this will be my first DSLR. Price is a factor, which is making this harder. I've found kits for the Nikon and the Olympus where they come with two lenses, not just one. But the Canon has more megapixels.

It's all so hard. I hate making decisions.
Monday, November 6th, 2006
2:08 pm
1. Tell us where you live. - Gainesville

2. Tell us how long you've been making photographs. - For my whole life. I have pictures that I took with my mom's Kodak Disk camera back in the 80s. I was pretending to be a fashion photographer and used my desk lamp as my "lighting" and my closet with it's white inside as the backdrop. They are hilarious pictures. But I only seriously got started in photography back in 1998.

3. Tell us what type of equipment you use: digital/film, Nikon/Canon/other, SLR/point and shoot. My favorite all time camera was my Pentax K-1000 that I found along with three lenses at a flea market. I bought it for $30. The guy had no idea what he was selling. It took the best pictures. It was completely manual, but it was ultimately the best camera I've ever had. But a ten year old murdered it when his foot caught in the strap at a carnival I was shooting. He dragged my camera 10 feet across a parking lot before I could stop him. The camera was dead. It was like someone had cut out my heart and stomped on it. I ended up getting a Minolta after that. My pictures were terrible. Just horrible. It was an AF, but I thought I was losing my eyesight because none of my pictures were in focus. Nothing seemed composed right, and the quality was nowhere near as nice as my Pentax. Now I have a ProMaster. It's another basic manual camera. It's not bad. I've not done a whole lot with it actually, which is sad. But for Christmas I'm looking at getting a digital SLR - which will be my first. I'm looking at the Pentax K110 - which is basically the K1000 but digital.

I also have a 2mp Fuji point and shoot that I love. I'm surprised by it's quality. If I'm doing stuff for the web it's a great little camera. For $99 it was a great surprise.

4. Tell us your favorite location in Central Florida to shoot.
I've really been stuck in Gainesville so I've only shot around here. We actually have a lot of wildlife around the UF campus that I've captured - gators, heron, etc. It's not my favorite place but the only place.

5. Share your photoblog or website. Here are two links to some of my stuff. It's not complete as everything I have is on film and needs to be scanned. I've yet to find someone in our community that will scan negatives without a ton of dust all over the scans.


6. Tell us anything else you'd like us to know. I'd really like to get into shooting still life/commercial photography. I have a weakness with shooting people - I have a hard time telling them how to pose. It's a self-confidence issue. I don't want to come off as rude or bossy, but at the same time I need to learn how to say Please do this blah blah blah and still get the poses I want.
Monday, September 18th, 2006
9:09 pm
Two Prime Lenses for Sale: 85mm f/1.8 and 200mm f/2.8 L II
Two eBay auctions.

Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Both are in excellent condition and come with Hoya UV filters that have been on the lenses since the day I purchased them. Unfortunately I've fallen in love with another lens that requires me to sell both of these. They are both really fantastic lenses.
Tuesday, September 5th, 2006
2:03 pm
Photographer Needed for Jewelry Product Shots
I have a friend who is in need of a photographer who can do product photography of her jewelry pieces. She is looking for someone with studio lighting experience (which is not my experience at all). These photographs will be used on her website and in her marketing materials.

Saturday, August 19th, 2006
2:44 pm
Hi there!
Just happened to stumble across this community--great idea!

So.. obligatory newbie infoCollapse )

Current Mood: cheerful
Thursday, June 22nd, 2006
11:58 am
Hi there. I just joined!

Obligatory Introduction hereCollapse )

I was wondering if anyone here knew of any local contests going on, or had any online source(s) for such info?

I've called a lot of places (local newspapers, government offices, libraries, and camera shops) and either they simply don't know or they say there is nothing going on.

I would like there to be a constantly updated source where all contests are listed.

Any ideas??
Friday, June 2nd, 2006
3:24 am
I have just started an online index for Florida photographers... Yes, as if another index on the net is really needed... This one will only be for photographers in Florida and I'm hoping that we can make it up to the top of the search engine index when people search for "Florida photographers", or some variation of that. I'm still working on the asthetics of the page, but it is fully functional in terms of adding links and checking for reciprical links... That is one thing about this page... you must have a reciprical link in order to be listed... Perhaps later I will not require this, but for now it's required. Anyway, here is the link:


Also, any suggestions or help you could offer would be great... I have just submitted the link to Google and Yahoo, so they will likely crawl it in the next few days.
Monday, May 22nd, 2006
5:14 pm
Third Eye Blind Photos
Some of you may have seen my posting in the OrlandoFL community about the Third Eye Blind Pictures I took last Thursday, if so, then sorry, but here is a cross posting, sort of.

Thursday afternoon I e-mailed Rick Wheeler at Axis magazine about taking pictures at the concert. Sometimes cameras are not allowed, or a photography pass is required, so I wanted to check and see. To my delight, no pass required, cameras are welcomed, and he even requested a disc of the images. YES! This was my first opportunity to shoot a concert, and for it to be Third Eye Blind and have the potential of being published I was in awe.

I arrived with my crew and we made our way to the far side of the stage opposite of the entrance. I was about 75-100ft away from the stage so it was difficult to capture anything of worth without using a flash. I took around 800-images that night, had a few beers between shots, and ended up with 25-halfway decent images. I have posted the images at my clickimage.com site where you can view and purchase them if you wish. They look so much better full sized, but I'm limited by the website and potential pirates.


The best $10 I ever spent!
11:16 am
Wedding Photography Questions:
Hey All.

First of all let me say, that I think this community is a great idea. I love looking at your pictures and the tips every now and then one of you provides.

I'm not a photographer. I love photography, and I take pictures for fun. I have 3 different cameras, mostly snap and shoot, and my knowledge is very basic, as I have had no training at all. I am a graphic designer and I manage to make an ok picture look decent with some manipulation here and there.

But to be honest with you, that's not always as fun as taking the perfect picture and not having to make any changes at all.

Now let me get to the point:

I have a cousin who is getting married late in the summer. It's a small intimate wedding with no more than 50 guests.

They want ME to take their pictures (for obvious reasons, duh, they don't have to pay family members)

And I have said yes. Of course, with the conditions that I'm no expert, so they need to understand that disasters are bound to happen.

I have decided that, to prevent disasters, I'm in need of a new camera. A good decent camera. One that me (an amateur) can manage and at the same time get some good quality shots. I have the eye for the photography, but I want to make sure that what I see is what I get through the lens.

I'm trying to get a camera as soon as possible, so I can practice, and get familiar with the camera that way I don't make a fool of myself later on.

I know this is kind of vague, but I need all the tips and information necessary. Any books, any ideas for lighting, anything that you think might be essential for a wedding. Any books or websites on what I need to look forward to. What a client expects from you and expects to see in a wedding album.

Most of you are professionals and went to school for this, so if you feel offended by me asking for tips for something you went to school for, I apologize, but I would appreciate anything.

By the way, I have around $1,000.00 budget for equipment.

Thanks in advance!
Thursday, May 11th, 2006
10:50 pm

Camera: Nikon D70s
Focal Lenth: 28mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter Speed: 1.6 sec
ISO: 200
Date: 05/11/2006 (About ten minutes ago)
Location: Near Lake Ivanhoe - Orlando, FL

(My first successful lightning shot... I'm very proud, although there's plenty of room for improvement.)

Cross posted to digitalslr.

Current Mood: giddy
Wednesday, May 10th, 2006
9:34 am
As I was leaving for my run last night, I saw that the light was really beautiful. So I ran back upstairs and grabbed my camera for a quick session in my small garden. Enjoy. :)

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9:20 am
New Member: Melbourne, Florida Artist
I've been trying to find Central Florida art communities off and on for a long time now with little success – I’m glad to find a photographer's community along the way. :)

A little about me:
I'm a painter by trade, but I can appreciate photography and all the talent and skill that goes with it. I'm also a member of the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery here in Melbourne. I'm working fulltime as an artist and part time as a graphic designer. If you're curious about my work you can peek at my journal, fine art site (http://www.suzanneclements.com) or my design site (http://www.dirty-paper.com) which has a little photography that I've taken. If any of you are members of other local artist communities I would love to know.

Also, I wanted to help get the word out there about the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. I've set up both a website and a myspace.com account for anyone who's interested. Right now there's a call for art at the gallery for a juried show this September.

See the website for details:


If you know of local/regional artists who would be interested in the gallery, it’s events, space, or artists, certainly pass the information along. We just filled out the 2007 exhibition schedule, but there will be other opportunities coming up along the way as well.
Tuesday, April 25th, 2006
12:58 pm
A small collection of photos from the beach in Melbourne, Florida, taken this past weekend while on break from shooting four seriously physically draining concerts in a row. =)

Gull in Flight
Gull in Flight

Camera: Nikon D70s
Aperture: f/11
Exposure: 1/640
Focal Length: 70mm
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Current Mood: artistic
Sunday, April 23rd, 2006
1:35 pm
For sale: Adolite Senior Studio Lighting Outfit
Adolite Senior Studio Lighting Outfit

I purchased this lighting outfit from Adorama a few months back. At the time I purchased it I was planning on taking my photography in a particular direction, but have since changed my mind. It is all still packaged in its original boxes ... I never unpacked it so the entire set is still brand new.

It retails for $184, and I am willing to sell it for $150, obo.
Monday, April 17th, 2006
12:58 pm
Thought I would share this with you folks...
I think I would be out of my mind if suddenly my computer stopped working while in the final stages of this project...

Sunday, April 16th, 2006
5:16 am
You really don't need a million dollars to look like it...
This weekend I am working with two makeup artist and a handful of models for a high fashion shoot. Normally I shoot everything on location, but that simply was not feasible this time since the makeup artist would need air conditioning and lights/mirrors. So, I went down to Wal-mart and picked up the following supplies; one 12-inch clamp light holder, one 9-inch clamp light holder, two "Daylight" flourescent light bulbs [25-watts, 1400 lumens, 6500K], a white sheet, and one of those metallic-looking car windshield covers used to keep your car cool. I think I spent about $40 on all of this, which isn't bad compared to some of the "professional" lighting sources available.

I mounted the white sheet on the wall with jumbo thumbtacks and ironed it out. I then positioned the windshield cover on the opposite wall pointing towards the center of the room where the model would stand. I put the small light on the front facing tripod leg about 2-feet off the ground and pointing upwards then proceeded to put the white side of the wal-mart bag over the light for diffusion and softness. The larger light was clipped just above the camera on the joystick grip of the tripod head, the diffusion method was rarely used for this light since I wanted the lines of the subject to be clearly defined. I then pointed my 580ex flash over my shoulder where the windshield cover was so that the flash would bounce off this as a reflector. The flash was set to around 2+ stops to make up for some of the dullness in the reflector.

I haven't had a chance to process all of the photos, but here is one of my favorites under the cut.

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I am in love with this lighting setup... Many of the photos are so WOW that it's difficult, if not impossible, to find a favorite. The real credit goes out to the makeup artist, Nicole [I don't know her last name] and Caroline Van Haastert. The model, whom has never done a photoshoot before, was a true natural and really knows her features and how to work with them--her name is Ankara M. I have entered this photo into a contest so I can't wait to see how it fares; it's my second contest entry for my professional career.
Friday, March 31st, 2006
1:03 pm
PhotoFest XIV at Crealde School of Art in Winter Park
This sounds like an interesting program coming up on April 15, 2006.

PhotoFest XIV:
A Day of Workshops
Saturday, April 15, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m in both galleries
Members $50 • Non-Members $70
The annual day-long fundraiser for Crealdé’s Photography Department allows participants to take up to five workshops from a total of 10 available offerings. Includes the popular “camera clean and check” by Southern Photo Technical Services. Lunch is provided. For a detailed program, call the office after March 1.

For more information on Crealde, go to their website.
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